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  1. Re: New to 4x5. Please help me troubleshoot what I'm doing wrong.

    Wow, I've never seen anything like that, but do have a few thoughts:

    1. Have you checked to ensure that the path from the rear of the lens back to the film holder is unobstructed?

    2. Have you...
  2. Re: Metering question (using a Sekonic L-858)

    Nothing. It's totally counterintuitive with my L-558 and I've never understood why it works that way. Like everyone else, I would think -2 was the correct setting, but if I set my meter to that...
  3. Re: Metering question (using a Sekonic L-858)

    I have an L-558. I set exposure compensation to "+2" and meter shadows where I want some detail knowing this is Zone III. Then, I store that value, press/hold the read button and scan the scene;...
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    Re: Mixing Paper dev help needed

    I get mine from the Formulary, but I request fresh powder when ordering. Who knows how fresh it really is, but I've never had any problems with it.
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Very nice shot, Tuco! Beautiful use of the square format, too!!
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    Re: Mixing Paper dev help needed

    Yep, that's what I do, too. I have some glycin that's, at least, 3 years old now (kept in freezer) and it's fine.
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    Re: Mixing Paper dev help needed

    I've mixed my own chemistry for many years, but just recently started using a magnetic stirrer; highly recommended! Regarding the 130 formula, I would advise ensuring fresh glycin. Good luck and have...
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    Re: Easy alternative processes?

    The only alternative process that I have experience with is pt/pd printing so, as such, no idea how "easy" this process is vs others, but IMO it would be a good place to start. The metals are the...
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    Re: A tale of two meters

    I think Doremus explained it all very well. I would simply add that IMO a modified Zone VI meter cannot be compared against any other non-modified meter because:

    1. As already stated above, some...
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    Re: Arista EDU Ultra 100 vs 200?

    I've never used Foma 200, but I've used quite a bit of both 4x5 and 8x10 Foma 100. I quite like the tonality of this film and I've never seen any QC issues. My favorite developers for it are...
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    Re: Fidelity elite 8x10 film holder question

    I've had and used 8x10 Fidelity holders for nearly 40 years and not one of mine has this issue. Personally, I'd return it for a refund. With the cost of 8x10 film and the effort involved, if you're...
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    Re: B&W digital workflow....what's yours?

    I've never used a DSLR for scanning film, but would NegativeLabPro help here? I use it for the little bit of color work that I do, but, then again, I'm using scanners.
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    Re: B&W digital workflow....what's yours?

    My process is pretty much the same as Steven's, though I use a very old Epson scanner with Silverfast Ai 8.8. I wet mount my film and scan to a linear raw file for conversion with the ColorPerfect...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    Perfect sense! Using the zone system enables me to capture and, as importantly, get on film a full range of tones. When I started using the zone system 40 years ago, I tailored my negatives to a...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    The zone system is used for visualization during image capture and planning for subsequent film development. It has absolutely nothing to do with scanning. For many years now, I scan to a 16-bit...
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    I don't shoot color. My point was that any method of B&W exposure/development should easily be handled by any scanner.
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    Re: Relevance of zone system when scanning

    I've been using a simple version of the Zone System for 40 years and scanning my B&W film for 20 years. IMO, any "system" can be used when scanning B&W film because this film won't tax the dynamic...
  18. Re: Help! I can't open my new B&W King 4x5 tank...

    Hmm...it's starting to sound like you simply need a new tank sent. One last idea... Did you try using a flat-blade screwdriver or some means to gently pry around between the bottom of the lid and the...
  19. Re: Help! I can't open my new B&W King 4x5 tank...

    Did you buy off eBay? If so, did you try contacting the seller there?

    The lid on my B&W King 4x5 tank can, occasionally, be difficult to remove; especially if my hands are wet and/or the least bit...
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    Re: Question on New-to-4X5 Schooling

    Yeah, thanks for the correction Bob...I knew that. Sometimes I think my brain is ahead of my actual typing! ;) To be honest, many years ago I used to use many movements, but nowadays find small...
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    Re: Question on New-to-4X5 Schooling

    If you already have the "bibles" of LF photography, then you really have all you need to understand camera movements; they really aren't that hard. Instead of using blocks, balls, etc, I'd recommend...
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    Re: Stainless Steel Sink & Oxidation / Rust?

    So sorry to hear of and see the damage to your sink...what a bummer! I can't tell exactly from the pic, but what you're describing as oxidation looks like rust? I had something similar happen to my...
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    Re: Best enlarger you have used

    Since I've only had one for 40 years and still use it regularly to this day--a Beseler 45MX--I suppose that makes it the "best" for me! :D
  24. Re: Can it be a solution for avoiding newton rings

    I would definitely try this idea! Many years ago, Ron Wisner and I tackled this issue because I was having terrible ring issues at the time. He wound up sending me a single-coated sheet of heavy...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I haven't used pyro in my SP-8x10, yet, but I have used it--along with other "normal" developers--in many other plastic tanks; never had an issue. My main concern with using it in this tank would be...
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    I have found, too, that if one agitates too vigorously chemistry will spill out from under the lid edge. Slow, smooth, and steady agitation works best for me.
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    Re: PN55 neg degradation

    I just pulled out a few of my Polaroid Type 55 negs from nearly 40 years ago and they're fine. I suspect your issue is either processing or storage.
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    Re: Stearman Press SP-810

    Got my SP-8x10 in the mail, yesterday, and processed an 8x10 sheet of B&W film. Per my post #2, I was concerned about even development as I've never had great success with any form of tray...
  29. Re: Arca Swiss Mounting Plate and Ritter 8x10

    Not necessarily so easy to do. The Really Right Stuff plates, for example, need a specific length of the screw shank without threads to allow the screw to thread into the plate, then slide up/down...
  30. Re: Arca Swiss Mounting Plate and Ritter 8x10

    I have that exact issue with my old MF folder cameras. To fix, I have a roll of thin cork material that I cut to the same size as the plate; for one of the cameras I have to use a double layer....
  31. Re: Simple Q for LF newby: Lens shade (trad 35mm type) vs. Compendium Lens Hood

    Yep, use my hand, hat, darkslide, body to shade the lens when necessary. After 40 years of LF photography, I've never noticed any loss of contrast, etc, due to bright light hitting the lens; and, I...
  32. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    When I'm carrying the whole outfit--camera, 6 lenses, 40cm extension rail, dark cloth, and all the misc paraphernali--it goes into an F-Stop Pro ICU XLarge that then goes into a Kelty P2 backpack....
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Jeff,

    After 20 years of strolling around our Arizona deserts, I've never seen one of these beauties! Thanks for posting...and, nice pic!!
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    Re: Any Clayton chemical customers here?

    Personally, I find the combo of F-76+ and Ilford Delta 100 to be magical! It works with other films, of course, but IMO there's something special that happens with the Delta film.
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    What Brian said. The new series has updated text.
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    Re: Intredpid cameras

    I would definitely stick with the Wista and find a 4x5 enlarger for analog printing or scan.
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    Re: A D-76 observation---any guesses?

    I haven't used pre-packaged D-76 for a very long time--mix my own--but, in general, you don't want any particles floating around in your developer. The potential for problems in the emulsion during...
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    Re: Colfax, Washington

    Very moody! I like it!
  39. Thread: Spur acurol-n

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    Re: Spur acurol-n

    As stated above, I always buy direct and buy 2 - 4 bottles at a time. The stuff lasts for quite awhile; not like Rodinal or HC-110, of course, but long enough for me to use up most of it.
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    Re: HP5+ and Pyrocat HD in a Jobo CPP3

    Hard to tell about the bellows factor as you don't mention what lens was used; focusing at "no less than 20 feet" with a 600mm lens is something very different than the same with a 240mm. But, let's...
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